Switchgrass – Panicum Varigatum
The Many Attributes Of Switchgrasses
Switchgrasses' easy maintenance and elegant appearance place them in high demand. Here are a few other reasons for these adaptable plants' high desirability:
Adaptable to Dry Conditions
Switchgrasses are native to the prairie lands of North America. For centuries, switchgrasses held loose soils in place and retained moisture during periods of drought. If your soils are dry and loose, then switchgrasses prevent further erosion. Try using these plants at garden edges or in other areas where soil loss occurs.
Horticulturists have understood the benefits of switchgrasses for quite some time. They created new cultivars and discovered many ornamental grass varieties. Now, homeowners can choose from dramatic mass plantings like palm sedge to single specimens like flame grass when creating their personalized gardens.
Switchgrass textures range from silky to spiky and their heights vary considerably. Some varieties are cold-hardy and feature winter interest while others fade back after summer.
Switchgrasses are often found in themed gardens. For instance, Japanese gardens feature variegated grasses like Japanese silver grass and Japanese sedge.
Water gardens feature moisture loving grasses like velvet grass and Korean feathered reed grass. Switchgrasses provide height to relatively low water gardens and also offer attractive reflections.
Switchgrasses that thrive in arid conditions or poor soil are well-suited for rock gardens. Switchgrasses' drought tolerance also makes them a go-to plant for xeriscape themed gardens. Other varieties of switchgrass thrive in hard, clay soils. For instance, Arizona fescue's strong roots penetrate soils and withstand high altitudes.
Once harvested and dried, switchgrasses provide crafters with a great deal of raw material. Crafters and artists weave switchgrass blades into baskets and mats. Florists use switchgrasses' upright stems as an ideal filler in large, dried bouquets. In the garden, seed heads add winter interest and attract wildlife.
Switchgrass is a perennial. This plant will grow back year after year. This grass requires moist or saturated soil. This grass begins to grow as early as the late spring.